Irish Red Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Mini Mash

Irish Red Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Mini Mash

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Our Irish Red Ale recipe is hard to nail down as any specific style—similar to a big Amber Ale, but it's so unusual it does not really fit within any category. Malt character utterly dominates this beer's flavor profile, containing dark Crystal malts, including Special B, and a pinch of Roasted Barley for a deep, red color and a very distinctive caramel flavor. Irish Red Ale has been one of our most popular ingredient kits for many years, and continues to receive a lot of positive feedback from satisfied customers to this day. If you're going to be venturing into new realms of taste discovery, this is a winning ticket we can solidly recommend!

Compared to the Extract version of this kit, the Mini Mash recipe swaps out some of the malt extract for 2-row malt. And the special instructions included with the kit will walk you through conducting a miniature mash that goes beyond the typical steeping grain process in standard Extract recipes.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.047-52
  • SRM (Color Range): 20
  • IBUs: 39-43
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.
MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



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sounds a pleasant recipe
Michael Johnson on Sep 16, 2022
I like red ales
Luke B on May 20, 2020
sounds a pleasant recipe
Michael Johnson on Sep 16, 2022
Good red ale kit.
Jack M on Nov 3, 2020
I like red ales
Luke B on May 20, 2020
Looks tasty and trying out a mini mash
Harlan S Coomes on Aug 17, 2018
Great beer kit - have friends and family asking for more
Michael D on Feb 27, 2018
I like a good Irish Red Ale
Chuck Edenburn on Feb 7, 2018
I like red ales
Jerry P on Jan 29, 2018
Made it before. Family demands it!
Raymond Patchet on Jan 25, 2018
Good red ale kit.
Jack M on Nov 3, 2020
Looks tasty and trying out a mini mash
Harlan S Coomes on Aug 17, 2018

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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Irish Red Ale
This has been a big hit and placed third in a local competition. It was brewed with Gigayeast British ale yeast and has a great balance of flavors and a nice caramel head.
November 12, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really great!
This is a very good, truly great beer. Enjoying it today,
St. Patrick's day, and very easy to brew.
March 17, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Nice easy drinkin' malt-forward brew!
I brewed this beer back in late March and bottled in in Early April. While I typically drink more hop forward pale ales and such (and therefore typically brew the same), I like a little variety in my life and not all of my friends and family are hop heads. This was also an economical way for me to get into a mini-mash beer with alot of recipe calcs already done (I'm working up to moving from extract to all grain). As noted, this was my first mini-mash. Rather than using a grain bag, I did my mash in my kettle with a bazooka screen. I wrestled with mash temp just a bit but kept it in the range. My starting gravity hit the low end of the specs listed in the recipe (1.047). I I used Wyeast 1968 (London ESB) as I used this beer to grow yeast for a subsequent bigger beer. Since I used British yeast to make an Irish beer I've dubbed my version Lost Leprechaun Ale. It is now June and I'm running low on it but it's aged very gracefully and with the flocculant nature of the 1968 it is probably the most beautiful beer I've brewed to date. It is a beautiful color and quite clear. The 1968 took it down to 1.012, so it is easy to drink while maintaining a nice malty mouthfeel. I will probably do it again but I may just tweak around a bit with the caramel malts just a bit to enhance those characteristics just a bit (I sort of have in mind another beer than my local brew pub discontinued, much to my chagrin).

If you want a very nice, malt forward, easy drinkin' brew, this one will work wonderfully. CHEERS!
June 8, 2017